CBS has announced a reboot of the popular 1986-1995 legal drama Matlock, with actress Kathy Bates stepping into the shoes of the iconic character originally played by Andy Griffith.
The original series centered around Ben Matlock, a seasoned criminal defense attorney, who used his wit and cunning to solve crimes and defend his clients in court.
In the reboot, Bates will play a new version of Matlock, a criminal defense attorney with a reputation for taking on high-profile cases and never losing.
The new Matlock will be a fierce and determined advocate for justice, using her wit, intelligence, and legal acumen to navigate the complex and often-corrupt world of the criminal justice system.
Fans of the original series can expect the reboot to retain many of the elements that made the original so beloved, including fast-paced legal action, colorful characters, and a smart, engaging mystery at the heart of each episode.
However, the show will also feature modern updates, reflecting the changing world of criminal justice and the increasing sophistication of criminals and their tactics.
The Matlock reboot is part of a larger trend of rebooting classic TV shows, as networks look to capitalize on the nostalgia of fans and attract new viewers.
However, the decision to cast Bates in the lead role of Matlock is a bold one, as she takes on the task of filling the shoes of one of television’s most beloved characters.
Bates is no stranger to the world of television, having won an Emmy for her role in the FX series American Horror Story, and receiving critical acclaim for her performances in shows like Six Feet Under and Disjointed.
Her talent and versatility make her an ideal choice to bring a fresh and modern take to the role of Matlock. The Matlock reboot is set to begin production later this year, and is set to premiere on CBS in 2024.
With Bates at the helm, fans of the original series and newcomers alike can look forward to a new and exciting chapter in the story of one of television’s most beloved legal dramas.